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the process of giving birth to a child, including both labor and delivery. Called also accouchement and parturition.
cooperative childbirth (educated childbirth) (natural childbirth) prepared childbirth.
prepared childbirth see prepared childbirth.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery.
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natural childbirthAlternative obstetrics
A vaginal delivery in which the mother is more actively involved in the delivery mechanics than in the usual childbirth. In natural childbirth, the mother is awake during delivery, often without general anaesthesia, has actively “trained” in the birthing process and is attended by her partner (or significant other) at the time of delivery.
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natural childbirthAlternative obstetrics A vaginal delivery in which the mother is more actively involved in the parturitional mechanics–than in an 'unnatural' birth. See Alternative gynecology, Bonding, Breast milk, Doula, Lamaze method, Naturopathic obstetrics.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
nat·u·ral child·birth(nach'ŭr-ăl chīld'bǐrth)
A method of childbirth in which medical intervention is minimized and the mother often practices relaxation and breathing techniques to control pain and ease delivery. A natural birth also increases the probability of a healthier postnatal period and an easier recovery without the discomfort of an episiotomy or cesarean delivery incision.
Synonym(s): natural birth.
Synonym(s): natural birth.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
natural childbirthA term used to encourage the concept that having a baby should be a normal and natural process rather than a medical or surgical event, operation or emergency. A clear understanding of what is involved and informed instruction on the nature and cause of pain in labour, together with exercises in relaxation and cooperation, has made labour less difficult and painful, and more rewarding, for millions of women. It has not, however, made childbirth either easy or painless.
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